The Cahuilla Indians made their home in the Coachella Valley in the late part of the 1800s as new settlers began to arrive. It occurred at the same time of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Valley is located halfway between Los Angles and Yuma. The Railroad decided that the location was perfect to construct a train stop. Today, this area is known as Indio. The Valley came from humble beginnings, but quickly grew into multiple cities, each with their unique personalities and characteristics. The History Museum was created to share the fascinating history of the Indians, the desert, and the pioneers that started the community. The past is the story of their challenges as they made their way through the difficult environmental obstacles to create what is there today.
You may be the type of individual that dreads the thought of going to a museum. In fact, most individuals groan at the thought of going to a museum. Boring tours and lectures filled with history lectures that remind you of being in school. However, the Coachella Valley Museum is not one of these. If you enjoy historical movies, novels, museums that don’t have the tedious high school history class factor, then this museum is one that you should visit.
The site includes the office of Doctor and Mrs. Smiley from 1926, which was not only the practice but their home as well. You can also look at the schoolhouse, built in 1909. There is a desert Submarine on site, and you can check out the equipment used by the farmers in the pioneer days. You can also check out the old Cork Tree. The bark is like a cork.
As you explore the museum, you’ll realize that the workers use the submarine as sleeping quarters. There is an evaporative cooler that has been fashioned that is neat to check out. The schoolhouse maze placed on the property to add to the history found in the museum. Most of the historical buildings seen in the museum are located inside the Smiley home. The Date Museum is one of a kind. It provides locals and tourists with a history of the farming in the area, with assistance from Arabic Countries.
A group of residents from the valley incorporated the Museum on September 3, 1965. The museum opened in 1984 and volunteers are the primary source of keeping its opening. These volunteers are responsible for running the museum. All the volunteers that work at the museum are happy and willing to provide tours through the many historical events. You can go back in time and learn what life was like in the past.
The museum also contains the Historical Society archives. Inside you can find the Date Garden, a lovely Japenese Garden, the astounding Gesissier Rose Garden, and the new Desert Garden. The cork tree is known as the Liberty Tree. It is the most extended living Cork Tree in the Valley. Everyone is welcomed to experience the History in the museum. You can even become a member of the museum.
When you visit the museum, you should consider taking part in the tour and getting an in-depth and exciting history lesson of what lies within the area. School can also make field trips. In fact, any group can utilize the history museum as the perfect opportunity for a combination of fun and learning. The museum also hosts numerous events every year. Make sure that you check out and see what is going on at the museum before you visit.
See directions below:
Head west on Miles Ave toward Deglet Noor St
Turn left onto Jefferson St
Turn left onto Pebble Beach Dr (Restricted usage road)
Turn right onto Spyglass Hill St (Restricted usage road)
Turn left onto Golden Horseshoe Dr (Restricted usage road)
(Destination will be on the right)
80173 Golden Horseshoe Dr
Indio, CA 92201, USA